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  1. We have 2 seats of VWs Landmark with Renderworks 2017 for sale. Contact me if you are interested and we can work out a price (was thinking 500 US dollars for each seat - but it's negotiable). Thanks
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    3D contours

    -1 for asking a question....When we purchased VWs one of the items we specifically asked is can we reference in CAD files. The answer was yes! However everyone on this forum has told me to NOT import CAD files as they will mess up your drawings.......You need to open them up in a blank VWs drawing, clean them up and then save them as a VWs file then import.
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    3D contours

    Hello - I have the worst luck searching the forums as everything I search for comes up as no results found or unrelated......anyways.... Here is what I need assistance with: I imported a survey that was created with AUTOCAD Civil 3D - the survey model was 'smart'. When the survey imported the contours kept their elevation and are 3D polygons...I need the lines to be dashed - but VWs will not allow me to make them dashed. I have made the class a dashed linetype. The issue is when I select the contour lines - it says they are solid and I cannot change them to be by class in the attributes panel..... Thoughts? Also on a side note: There has to be an easier way to import survey files that are created with smart elements in CAD. What I am finding is that we take these smart CAD survey models, make them dumb and import them into VWs rebuild the model and make the survey smart to work with our site models and then we turn around, export the VWs model out - it becomes dumb again all for our Civil Engineering consultants to bring into Civil 3D to make them smart again for their work.....................I hate to ask this question - but did we make a mistake investing in VWs? This is a tremendous amount of effort and work between subs and us to make our information work between disciplines. Maybe my lack of knowledge and using VWs has me frustrated. And by dumb I mean the built site models/surfaces do not correspond between programs.
  4. benboggs

    Title Blocks

    What are VAA title blocks?
  5. benboggs

    Callout Arrow Heads missing in SP3

    Are you sure it's not an issue with scale and arrow head size? Perhaps you could share an image of the missing arrow heads?
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    dashed polyline?

    I can make polylines dashed....just apply a linetype to the class or to the line itself. Your line scale (or layer scale) might be keeping you from being able to see it.
  7. Kind of funny that VWs gives you the option to import CAD files as xreferences....but then everyone says not to do that cause it will mess up your files.....who knew!!?? I need to remember to open up cad files in a blank document and clean them up per suggestions above.
  8. Whenever I import an xref - or bring in a cad file - I get an UnDo history clear....there have been other instances but honestly I cannot remember what I was doing.. Update: reason why this is a pain - is sometimes I import a CAD file for temp use....but should I need to undo some work - I can't because undo history is cleared.
  9. A big question for me is why does the UnDo History have to be deleted when doing certain things??? That causes me some issues when I need to go back.
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    Exporting CAD

    Good to know Art V. Hmmm - I will play around with this and see what it does.
  11. benboggs

    Exporting CAD

    Ahhh - see I knew it was something elementary! Thanks JimW!
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    Exporting CAD

    My fault - I can convert 2D poly to 3D ply.....so scratch that. Initial question still stands as to why site model contours export with 0 elevation. I even did a test where I drew a 2d poly, converted it to 3d, gave it an elveation of 100' exported and then elevation was 0. Thanks
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    Exporting CAD

    A little elementary help with exporting to CAD file.....the contours lose their elevation and are all at elevation 0. I have looked over all the settings/options but for some reason cannot get them to export correctly. It must be something simple. EDIT: Let me take this one step further. When generating site models - after exporting the drawing set out - even the existing contours have 0 elevation.....I can see this being a huge issue on large sites when I need to send the surveyor a site plan for layout purposes during construction. Also - can you assign elevation to polylines? Reason I ask is when we generate site models (in my limited experience) the contours are choppy and not smooth. I like to draw nice pretty polylines as a finished product. We also work in 2D - but like to provide 3D info on contours. Thanks
  14. Agree!!! We had some files/resources set up under 2016 (title blocks and a few other files) and when we upgraded to 2017 we had to open the title blocks up do a save as then close them. I can't imagine doing this to every single resource we create every year a new VWs upgrade come out.......It would be one of those tedious things that would probably keep me from upgrading to new version every year. Maybe do an every other year upgrade. We are starting to compile/create lots of custom things. We have custom sports field base files, details etc - and I really don't want to have to open up those files and do a save as every year..... I VOTED THIS UP!
  15. I know this is a lengthy subject and various ideas and thoughts....but I just finished having an email exchange with tech support. We have 3 VWs files, one survey base file (this was cad info imported in and then saved as a VWs file), and 2 other files (one for improvement sheets and one for grading sheets). We reference the survey into both and the grading and improvement reference each other. We have them set up this way so as info changes drawing backgrounds update. However when working in one of them - the survey shifted off origin for some random reason....messing up whole drawing. We imported the survey file first and them began working in both files. Tech guy told me this: "If you import a DWG or Shapefile, these files automatically will change the origin of the file. This is why we normally recommend importing into a separate document and then copy the objects into your working files. This prevents these origin changes from effecting your existing files." My question is this: if VWs recommends copy and pasting base info then how do we effectively work when background information changes daily? I don't see it being very effective to have to erase all survey info and then copy the survey base info in if you get an updated survey, or building background or utility background or any other discipline backgrounds...... I set up the xrefs per tutorial videos and help. I am a bit stumped on this one......This is not the first time xrefs have caused us issues. But I reference in MEP files (sometimes 2 or 3 files), architectural and civil consultants. That's alot of info to manage.

 

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